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Anna Q. Nilsson, Silent Film Star

Anna Q. Nilsson, Silent Film Star

Anna Quirentia Nilsson (1888–1974), a Swedish born actress who achieved great success in American silent movies. View full size.

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Buster and Anna

The Buster Keaton/Anna Q. Nilsson link speculated on in the earlier comment recalls the real-life one in which they portrayed two of Norma Desmond's "waxworks," her forgotten film star guests in the amusing card-party scene in 1950's Sunset Boulevard.

Anna Q biography

I've written a biography of Anna Q. Nilsson in Swedish (2007) and am working on the English version. I'd love to hear from future readers of the book and anyone else interested in silent film stars.

Per Sjöberg

Anna Q Nilsson

I'm a Swede myself from San Diego. There is a biography about Anna from last year, but sorry, it's in Swedish. How are you related to her?

Anna Q

A Swedish journalist has recently finished the first biography of the silent movie star Anna Q. Nilsson. It is in Swedish but rumor has it that it has lots of photos and letters. I am trying to get hold of a copy and should have it soon.


Silent Films with Anna Q. Nilsson

I live in Visitacion Valley which is a neighborhod in San Francisco. We have a building that was originally a hotel where legend has it that Ten Nights in a Bar Room and Half Dollar Bill were filmed with the star Anna Q. Nilsson. We were wondering how we can try to verify this?

Also, another neighborhood nearby is called Little Hollywood and legend has it that the "stars" would take the train to SF and stay in a house that Buster Keaton owned here...this would have to be the mid-late 20's.

Do you know we could research this? A small group of local history people want to start an Anna Q. Nilsson fan club...and need more info...Thanks, Edie

No Relation

I doubt She's related to Harry or Brigit. Nilsson is a fairly common Swedish name. IMDB bio.

Relationship to Anna Q.

I wonder if the late Harry Nilsson of Pop/Rock fame was any relationship too?Just curious about his past family history too.

Lisa - Re: Anna Q

Lisa .. If you would like to have this photo contact me at . Only charge is postage/


HI, I am related to Anna Q.

HI, I am related to Anna Q. Nilsson and just found this!
Lisa (living in Jarrow, England. My grandfather was Swedish and related to her.)

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